The Sprout Fund calls on Pittsburgh to create art in support of immigrants & refugees

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Pittsburgh is a place where we all belong

This city owes its resilience to the spirit and creative energy of the people who have made Pittsburgh their home, built communities here, and contributed to our shared future. At this critical time in our nation’s history, when many immigrants and refugees don't feel welcome in this country, The Sprout Fund and its partners seek to positively affirm the notion that we all “belong” through a community art initiative.

Sprout is inviting people living in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to submit original works of art that express the concept of “belonging.” Submissions will be selected through a combination of juried art processes and public voting.

The design with the highest artistic merit will be produced as a poster and yard sign and distributed free of charge throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County by Sprout and its partners. Additional designs will be included on a “collection of community voices” poster. Selected designs will be freely available for download, and all submissions will be displayed online as a record of the community’s response.

Submission Deadline

Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 7pm ET

Explore the Idea of “Belonging”

What does it mean to belong? How do you welcome friends and neighbors? Who are the diverse people that call Pittsburgh home?


All submissions must be rendered with a 1:1 aspect ratio (i.e., a square). Digital submissions are strongly preferred.

Selection Process & Honoraria

A jury of art professionals will select 1 winning design to receive $3,000. It will be produced as posters and yard signs and distributed throughout the region. 15 additional designs will be selected for inclusion on a “community voices” poster and receive $100 each.

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Create a Design

Everyone in Allegheny County can apply! While the highest artistic merit is desired—professionals, amateurs, and youth are all encouraged to apply, regardless of experience.

View the Call

Download Teaching Kit

Are you a classroom teacher, community group leader, or out-of-school educator? Encourage your children & youth to create their own unique artistic response using our teaching kit.


Join Us on April 29th

We are hosting a free art-making event as part of our 100 Days of US celebration on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 4–7pm at Sprout offices at 5423 Penn Avenue in Garfield/Friendship.



April 6, 2017

Call for Art announced during Pittsburgh's Inclusive Innovation Week

Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 7pm ET

Submission Deadline

Mid-May 2017

Public voting & jurying process

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Posters & yard signs available beginning with World Refugee Day Celebration in Market Square


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Community & Event Partners

Belonging is a collaboration between The Sprout Fund, the Office of Mayor William Peduto, and a team of local organizations committed to serving and advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including:

1Hood Media
AIU Latino Family Center
Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
Casa San Jose
Change Agency
City of Asylum
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Hello Neighbor
Northern Area Multi-Service Center Refugee Resettlement
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
South Hills Interfaith Movement
United Somali Bantu
Welcoming Pittsburgh
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh


Support for Belonging

Support for Belonging is generously provided in part by The Sprout Fund, The Heinz Endowments, Opportunity Fund, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

You can support Belonging and Pittsburgh organizations working with immigrants and refugees through The Sprout Fund’s Crowdrise campaign at

Make a gift of $500 or more to The Sprout Fund or any participating organization and be listed among those standing with immigrants and refugees:

Alphabet City Development
Matt Hannigan
Anne Lewis
Cathy Lewis Long & Rob Long
Paul O’Neill
Oxford Development Company
Luke & Natalia Skurman


About The Sprout Fund

The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout has worked with regional and national philanthropic partners to build strong networks and make hundreds of community-decided investments in early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.

Learn more about Sprout and the people, projects, and ideas we support »